El Camino Hospital goes live with Epic
"El Camino Hospital has always been a leader in electronic clinical communications with its launch of the nation's first computerized physician order system in 1971," said Debbi Muro, the iCare the project leader upon the start of the initiative in 2014. "With iCare we are moving into the next generation of electronic information systems."
"This integration will allow us to securely share patient information with other healthcare organizations," added El Camino CIO Greg Walton, in June 2014 press statement. "This will give us enormous opportunities to know our patients' medical history and better inform their care while they are under our care."
The target date set for go-live back then was November 2015.
Patients are now more able to connect with the hospital for appointments lab results, and prescriptions, and El Camino can now more easily exchange secure information with nearby providers such as Stanford and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
iCare staff "looked happy and visibly exhausted" at a board meeting earlier this month, "explaining that going live was challenging but mostly successful," the paper reported. "Hiccups and problems include slower service for patients in the hospital, including delays in the emergency department, and a slower hospital discharge process."
Mountain View Voice quoted El Camino board member David Reeder: "We knew it wasn't going to be perfect, but I was very impressed with the enthusiasm of the team," he said, adding that the hospital would maintain a command center to troubleshoot technical issues and answer clinicians' questions in the coming months.
Read the Mountain View Voice story here.